Polymer Clay Molded Flower Set

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Last week at Hobby Lobby I picked up a package of Sculpey Mold Maker, then came home and scoured the house for something to mold. First I made a mold of a piece of coral that I had found at the beach and made a resin copy, which came out pretty cool! Then I came across an acrylic flower bead, which came out even cooler!

acrylic flower bead, Sculpey mold maker, and resulting mold.

acrylic flower bead, Sculpey mold maker, and resulting mold.

As I have never made a mold before, I find myself wishing I would have coughed up the extra five bucks to get the two part clay, the one where you mix the two clays together. The reason I say this is because as you can see, the mold is already cracking all over! I have no idea whether this particular brand of mold clay is supposed to come out rubbery, or hard. I don’t know whether I overbaked it, or underbaked it. The clay is actually still a bit soft and bendy, even though I baked it for forty minutes. But now it has cracks all over it!

molded flower earring

molded flower earring

I used some silver colored polymer clay, and baked them. After they were cool, I brushed on some light blue acrylic paint, and then wiped most of it back off. After that dried, I rubbed some copper pearl-ex powder on them, and finally finished them off with a few coats of Finish.

the finishing touches

the finishing touches

So they came out looking like old metal. I had poked holes in the clay before baking, so I used a simple jump ring combination to hang them on a rubber cord and some ear hooks. Wore the set to work today with some faded jeans and a white shirt and it looked very nice!

The finished set!

The finished set!

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Three Strand Tila Bead Bracelets

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I have so many beads that I have bought in the past year that I forget what I even have sometimes. Then I stumble across something and say “Oh Yeah! I forgot about these!” Which I am sure everyone does, especially if you have the beading bug. I came across a bunch of Tila beads that I had bought on sale through Amazon months ago. So, inspired by this “Berrylicious” Bracelet pattern at Red Panda Beads (they have a TON of color examples on the page!) I whipped up a few variations.

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One was made with Red Picasso tila beads and some light blue pearlescent 6/0’s, and the other has light blue tilas, purple seeds and tibetan silver tube spacers.

blue and red tila 3 strand

blue and purple tila 3 strand

My only problem is….I made them too small to fit on MY wrist 😦 – hopefully my daughter will like them!

Wednesday Beading Project – “Looking Glass” pendant

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I wandered on to the Craftsy website last week, and having been paid today I figured I would actually purchase a pattern for the first time. Up until now, everything I have ever made has been from either a free tutorial or copied from a picture from the internet. After searching for about half an hour, I couldn’t find anything that I wanted to pay for! The one that jumped out at me turned out to be a free tutorial. Sigh, I tried. No, I WANT to support my fellow beaders and I promise I will buy a tutorial one of these days from someone who I am sure put alot of time, effort and imagination into coming up with a new and unique idea.

But for today, I tried out this Looking Glass Pendant Tutorial, which as I said is a free download. It was very easy, only took me about an hour start to finish, and can be adapted into any number of shapes and color combinations.

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I did not have an oval shaped connector, only a circle. I think an oval would actually look much better than a circle. But I am pleased with the outcome, and put my pendant on a string of the same 6/0 and 11/0 seed beads that I had used for the pendant.

Happy Wednesday! 🙂

Split Circle Polymer Pendant on Squiggly Wire

finished pendant on a black rubber chain

finished pendant on a black rubber chain

Okay, so I came across this really cool looking polymer pendant on Flickr. A circle, cut in half, each half set on a piece of squiggly wire and slightly spaced. Why not?

work in progress

work in progress

I bent my wire to look like the photo. Piece of cake! The only thing I would definately change next time is the size of the entire thing. It’s HUGE! So you make a loopy spiral for the bottom, about four curves of wire, and leave the top straight so that you can make a hook or a bail later. I rolled out a piece of black clay and put some green cane slices on it to match the green wire I was using. The wire I used was also pretty thick, so I figured the easiest way to get this all on the wire was to cut out TWO circles and sandwich the wire between them.

sandwiching the wire piece between two clay circles

sandwiching the wire piece between two clay circles

After carefully lining up all the circle halves, I smoothed the outer sides best I could. I baked. I buffed. I finished with “Finish” polish. Then bent the top wire into a loop to attach a jump ring.

after oven, before making the top loop

after oven, before making the top loop

Okay, so I’m not crazy about the way I laid the cane slices, I would definately try and make a more continuous pattern next time. And this thing is THICK, I also will try and make a smaller wire piece and thinner clay pieces. But all in all, it is a very interesting concept, and was actually very easy to do. Definately unique!

The big ol' finished pendant

The big ol’ finished pendant

Rainbow 3 Loop Seed Bead Earrings

Finished Pair!

Finished Pair!

I came across an old “like” that I had on Pinterest for some Summer Quill Earrings that looked so cute and easy that I decided to try, using some 9mm bugle beads that I had instead of quills, which I quite definately did not have.

3 equal lengths of seed beads, in hombre-ish color scheme

3 equal lengths of seed beads, in hombre-ish color scheme

one unfinished earring next to a finished earring

one unfinished earring next to a finished earring

I made three lenghts of seed beads, in a rainbow hombre color scheme. Each string is the exact same number of each color, with one bugle bead in the center of each side. I attached the three strings together on each end with a crimp bead.

Each side closed by inserting all three strings into a crimp bead

Each side closed by inserting all three strings into a crimp bead

I then joined the two sides together by putting all six strings through another crimp bead. Try and make sure that the strings are not twisted when you crimp, so that they hang in a loop.

making a loop for the jump ring

making a loop for the jump ring

Make a loop out of the six strings so that you can attach a jump ring to it. Put all six strings through a small crimp bead, as it is very hard to get a tool up under the bead cap after you add it. My crimp bead was small enough that all six strings fit snugly in there even without me actually crimping the bead.

Adding a bead cap to cover all the crimp beads, and a jump ring to the loop that was made

Adding a bead cap to cover all the crimp beads, and a jump ring to the loop that was made

Slide a bead cap over the whole mess, and pull the strings from the bottom of the bead cap to snug up the loop and pull it down. I inserted the tip of my needle nosed pliers into the loop while I was pulling, so I didn’t pull the loop down into the bead cap. Attach the jump ring to the monofilament loop, and then pull the bottom strings down until the jump ring sits on top of the bead cap. Trim all the loose strings at the bottom of the bead cap.

All trimmed up and ear hook attached

All trimmed up and ear hook attached

Add the ear hook to the jump ring and that’s it. I am positive that there are better ways to do this, but this is the method that I came up with and they came out neat and sturdy. All in all, it probably cost me less than a buck to make these. I am thinking about ordering some actual quills, I have never worked with quills but they look pretty neat. I found THIS WEBSITE that sells porcupine quills, both dyed and natural. Apparently there are approximately 3,000 quills in an ounce! This site sells ounces for around $25, and quarter ounces for $6 to $8, which seems pretty reasonable.

Imitation Cloisonne Polymer Clay and Resin Pendants

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two pieces that have been painted with acrylic paint

two pieces that have been painted with acrylic paint


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After seeing a post on Pinterest about making imitation cloisonne pieces from polymer clay, I decided to give it a try. The link to the page I used is here, it is in Espanol, but the pictures tell the story, or you can use translate.

It involves texturing a piece of black clay with a texture sheet. You then rub Pearl-Ex powder over the design to bring out the raised sections. You could leave it alone like that, or you could paint certain sections. I used simple acrylic paints. After baking and cooling, you then can add a layer of resin. I did two with only the pearl-ex powder, and two with some parts painted.

Imitation Cloisonne Polymer Clay.  Imprint with texture sheet, then brush with Pearl-Ex powder.  Paint sections with acrylic paint, then bake.

Imitation Cloisonne Polymer Clay. Imprint with texture sheet, then brush with Pearl-Ex powder. Paint sections with acrylic paint, then bake.

two pieces that have been painted with acrylic paint

two pieces that have been painted with acrylic paint

two pieces with only pearl-ex powder

two pieces with only pearl-ex powder

Orange and Turquoise Tila Bracelet

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Continuing on my strange obsession with orange this week, here is a Tila bead bracelet that I put together yesterday.

the ingredients for this bracelet

the ingredients for this bracelet

This bracelet used 36 to 40 Tila beads, 6/0 turquoise seed beads, and 15/0 gold seed beads. I used, as usual, monofilament to string. I have NO LUCK with beading needles! I have bought at least 5 packs of them, and I just hate them. Thus I find myself always going back to the monofilament line.

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You make two rows of Tila beads to the length you want, then “zipper” them together with more 6/0 beads. The tutorial that I used is here.

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on the wrist!

on the wrist!

And voila! The finished product! All in all, it only took about two hours to finish.